Mr. Chair, the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis resonated strongly within black communities in Canada and also in the heart of Montreal North.
At a time of pandemic uncertainty when members of our community find themselves on the front lines as essential workers, an event like this rekindles feelings of fear, powerlessness and injustice. It has happened once again in the United States, but we are not immune to such behaviour here, in Canada.
Dear constituents of Bourassa, I know our stories, I feel with you the pain as a parent and as a black person. I know this constant fear for our children.
As elected officials, we have the duty to protect your rights and to ensure harmony. We must be vigilant and work to deconstruct prejudice and discrimination.